Thank you letter on behalf of Lady Bird Johnson, on White House
Typed Letter signed: "Bess Abell", 1 page, 6¼x9¼
Washington, D. C., 1967 June 27. On White House stationery to Miss
Barbara Norton, Sheraton-Park Hotel, Washington, D. C. In full: "Mrs.
Johnson asked me to thank you for your nice note and the 'Celebrity Parade' that
you so thoughtfully sent to her. Your kindness in sharing the publication with
her was indeed appreciated. With best wishes, Sincerely" Bess Clements
Abell (b. 1933), daughter of Kentucky Governor and Senator Earle Clements,
served on the 1960 Presidential Inaugural Committee. She became the assistant to
Lady Bird Johnson from 1961 to 1963. During the Johnson Presidency, she served
as White House Social Secretary (1963-1969). She was Executive Director
of the Democratic Governors' Conference (1969-1975), and Executive Assistant to
Joan Mondale in the Office of the Vice-President (1977-1981). She founded
her own public relations firm in 1982, and in 1990 founded with her husband
Tyler Abell Merry-go-Round Farm, a residential community near Washington, D.C.
(The name comes from the Abell home, formerly owned by Tyler's step-father,
former Washington columnist Drew Pearson ("The Washington Merry-Go Round").
Barbara Norton was Director of Public Relations for the Sheraton Park Hotel in
Washington. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine
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